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View of Vesuvius

Artist:
John Robert Cozens (British, London 1752–1797 London)
Date:
August 18 [1782]
Medium:
Graphite on tracing paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 7 1/2 × 18 7/8 in. (19.1 × 47.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.282.4
Not on view
Cozens visited Italy for the second time in 1782-83, leaving England in May with the wealthy patron William Beckford, reaching Rome by early July, then continuing on to Naples to stay with the British consul Sir William Hamilton. The death of their host's wife shortly afterward prompted Beckford to move on to Switzerland, but Cozens remained in Naples to recover from a lingering fever. An inscription on this outline drawing of Vesuvius indicates that the view was made at Hamilton's villa at Portici on August 18, 1782.
Inscription: Inscribed: "From the Myrtle Plantation at S.W. Hamilton's Villa. Portici August 18"
Dr. John Percy (British, 1817–1879); Sale [Christie, Manson & Woods] Christie's, London, April 15, 1890, lot 289; Sir John Charles Robinson (British, 1824–1913), bought at the preceding (with 07.283.3 for £5.10.0); Sale [Christie, Manson & Woods] Christie's, London, Robinson sale, April 21, 1902, lot 24 (£1.1.0); Vendor: Carfax & Co. (London), through Roger Eliot Fry
Christie, Manson & Woods Catalogue of the Very Extensive and Valuable Collection of Water-colour Drawings of Dr. John Percy, F.R.S., deceased, late of Gloucester Crescent, Hyde-Park, comprising upwards of fifteen hundred drawings by nearly seven hundred painters... First day's sale. April 15, 1890, lot 289, p. 15 (J. Cozens, "Hamilton's Villa, Portici"; bought for £5.10 with lot 290, J. Cozens, "Bay of Salerno").

Christie, Manson & Woods A Catalogue of Drawings of the English School, in Watercolour, Sepia, Charcoal, Pen-and-ink, and Pencil, the Property of Sir. J. C. [John Charles] Robinson, C. B., F.S.A., who has given up his London residence. Which will be sold by Mssrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, at their Great Rooms, 8 King Street, St. James's Square on Monday. April 21, 1902, lot no. 24, p. 4 (as A. Cozens, "View from Sir W. Hamilton's Villa, Portici").

Charles Francis Bell, Thomas Girtin The Drawings and Sketches of Thomas Girtin Walpole Society. vol. XXIII, 1934–1935, cat. no. 238, p. 56.

Janet S. Byrne, Linda Boyer Gillies English Landscape Artists. Ex. brochure, Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 26-September 6. New York, 1971, cat. no. 7, p. 2.



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